Does a 18mo need a nap if he is getting 13.5hrs of sleep at night - Mothering Forums

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#1 of 2 Old 07-17-2012, 10:13 PM - Thread Starter
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Bedtime is a major production around here, lately taking 2-2.5hrs  I nanny (he is with me) so I can't always just do nap time whenever and however long he wants (he likes to nurse the first 45min).  Lately he has had a hard time getting down for a nap and it has ended up so late (3:30-5:15) he won't go to sleep until 10-11pm, despite heading into the dark bedroom at 7:30pm.  He is good at sleeping in though, so if cutting out the nap has him going to sleep by 7:30p and he sleeps until 8:30-9:30a is there any reason that wouldn't be meeting his needs?  He has not been averaging more than 13hrs a night anyways, but I feel like this change may make his sleep more consistent and will leave me much less frustrated.  I am just wondering if there is something about sleeping in the middle of the day that is necessary.

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My daughter dropped her nap around 18 months.  I think it is different for different children, but some don't need a nap at that point.  Bedtime got to be a major production at my house when she was ready to drop her nap, and I found that if I didn't encourage it, she didn't take it, and then went to bed easily at a reasonable time. 

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